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04-09-2020, 07:08 AM   #1
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Another Pentax LX question...

So i've had my LX for a few months. Its been great! I LOVE this camera! I stopped shooting for the past maybe 3 weeks or so. Pulled the camera out of the bag and noticed something odd. The LED lights are flashing instead of staying steady. I haven't changed the battery just yet, as I didn't have any on me. Last night I started using the camera. I was at f4 at 1/60th. there were a couple of times the mirror locked up on me. And I had to change the shutter speed for it to unlock. I'm REALLY hoping this isn't the "sticky mirror" syndrome happening, or the electronics going bad. Anyone have any insight?

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QuoteOriginally posted by craveone Quote
So i've had my LX for a few months. Its been great! I LOVE this camera! I stopped shooting for the past maybe 3 weeks or so. Pulled the camera out of the bag and noticed something odd. The LED lights are flashing instead of staying steady. I haven't changed the battery just yet, as I didn't have any on me. Last night I started using the camera. I was at f4 at 1/60th. there were a couple of times the mirror locked up on me. And I had to change the shutter speed for it to unlock. I'm REALLY hoping this isn't the "sticky mirror" syndrome happening, or the electronics going bad. Anyone have any insight?
It's the batteries going weak.
As an aside, if the camera doesn't have film in it, setting it in auto and pushing the button will effectively lock up the camera.
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Thank you! I
m going to snag some batteries for it soon.
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QuoteOriginally posted by craveone Quote
Thank you! I
m going to snag some batteries for it soon.
Just to add.... without batteries the camera will still function without metering, just select an appropriate speed.

If you have not got a manual for the camera download one from here....password is Pentax http://www.pentax-manuals.com/manuals/mf/pentax_lx_manual_s.pdf

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It should still work for a while. I once found myself in a rural area when my LX started to flash its LED in the manner described. I could not find any camera batteries in the nearest one horse town. As I was about to start on a five day hiking trip, I just had to wing it. I kept my shutter speeds in the mechanical range (X to 1/2000) and the light meter remained operational for the whole trip. Lesson learned, I kept a spare set from then on.
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I have an LX and noticed that it's more reliable when powered by 'silver-oxide' batteries, not the alkaline equivalents. Try getting a few pairs for spares.
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'silver-oxide' batteries
Yep they were always recommended over alkaline.

Phil.
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